This is the first comic I made, in the evening class that led me to commit to a whole year’s full time study. I made thumbnail drawings, and corrected thumbnail drawings, and yet more corrected thumbnail drawings, until I could have drawn it in my sleep (and if dreaming counts, I did!). I really wanted to capture the elegant lines of my cat, Mak, and something of the perspective of his charmingly cupboard-centred affection.
I challenged myself to tell a story without words, just to see if I could do it. This was the first time I had done ink wash, and found it difficult at first, as I was used to watercolours, and watercolour paper rather than the bristol comic boards, but by the time I was done, I loved it! I still love the way this turned out, and will eventually return to making more stories about Mak — it’s very handy to have such a good model close at hand!
And yes, this really is how I wake up many mornings.